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  W: T. Gonsolin (3-2)   L: D. Bundy (6-14)   S: K. Jansen (29)
4:15 PM PT5:15 PM MT6:15 PM CT7:15 PM ET19:15 ET23:15 GMT7:15 4:15 PM MST6:15 PM EST6:45 PM VEN3:15 UAE (+1)6:15 PM CT, September 12, 2019
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 12,746

Orioles still fighting as they face finale vs. Dodgers

According to STATS
According to STATS

Los Angeles Dodgers at Baltimore Orioles

  1. Los Angeles and Baltimore meet for the first time since 2016, and the Orioles have won each of the last two series between the teams. Since 2013, the Dodgers' starters have an 8.48 ERA against the Orioles and a 3.29 ERA against all other opponents.
  2. The Dodgers dropped the first two games of their series against the Giants but got a 5-0 win Sunday, giving them a major league-leading 15 shutouts this season. Despite having the best starters' ERA in baseball at 3.15 this season, Los Angeles starters have a 6.30 ERA over their last 10 games.
  3. The Orioles were swept by the Rangers in four games, giving up 49 hits in the process, tied for the most surrendered by the Orioles in a series this season (April 8-11, vs. Oak). Baltimore's bullpen allowed 14 hits Sunday, its second most in a game this season (16, Aug. 10 vs. Hou).
  4. Cody Bellinger was 2-for-10 in the Dodgers' previous series against the Giants with no extra-base hits. He finished July with a slash line of .328/.429/.667 but is slashing .238/.350/.566 since August 1.
  5. Trey Mancini hit his 30th home run of the season Friday against the Rangers, ending a 20-game homerless streak, the third-longest stretch of his career (22 games, April 11-May 8, 2019; 21 games, May 9-June 6, 2017).
  6. Baltimore's trio of Jonathan Villar, Anthony Santander and Hanser Alberto has combined for 194 hits since the All-Star break, the third highest among American League top trios.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/10/2019 thru 9/12/2019

The Baltimore Orioles will have a chance to surpass their win total from the disastrous 2018 season on Wednesday in the series finale against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers.

Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde is not all that interested in that statistic.

When asked after a 7-3 victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday if winning the team's 47th game and tying last year's total meant anything to him, Hyde scoffed at the question.

"That's last year; this is this year," Hyde said to the media. "We want to get better every year. I don't think 47 wins is anything to celebrate. So, we'll celebrate when we get 95."

The Orioles are a long way from that as they're in the first year of a rebuilding process that will likely take some time. But finishing with more wins than last season will represent some improvement, and that's a starting point.

Jonathan Villar has been one of the key players this year, and his three-run, tiebreaking homer in the seventh gave the Orioles the lead for good. It also set a record for major league homers in a season overall, 6,106.

The previous mark was set just two years ago. Pedro Severino added a two-run homer later as the Orioles' offense continued to show some punch.

Dylan Bundy (6-13, 5.06 ERA) will start Thursday for the Orioles. He's been up and down this season and has faced the Dodgers just once in a relief appearance, throwing a perfect ERA in 2 1/3 innings in 2016.

He'll go against Rich Hill (4-1, 2.55 ERA), who is going to start for the first time since June 19, having recovered from a flexor tendon injury. He likely will pitch only two innings as Los Angeles tries to build him up.

The Dodgers clinched the National League West title -- their seventh straight -- with a 7-3 victory over Baltimore on Tuesday night and now would love to lock up the home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Manager Dave Roberts said before the Wednesday loss that his team does not want to slow down.

"To win one division, but to win seven in a row -- the consistency of the organization to do what we've done, a lot of credit goes to the people," Roberts said. "Now is the idea of refocusing in everything we do going forward ... to win 11 games in October."

The Dodgers live for the home run, and A.J. Pollock belted a two-run shot on Wednesday.

Los Angeles' power could be a problem for Bundy, as he already given up 28 homers in 144 innings, and the ball might fly in Camden Yards on what is expected to be a warm night in the series finale.

On the injury front, third baseman Justin Turner sat out for the third straight game Wednesday because of a tender left ankle. He will have an MRI exam to get a better look at the situation.

Also, the Dodgers expect to get infielder Max Muncy back on Friday when they go to New York to face the Mets. Muncy is recovering from a broken right wrist.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 12, 2019

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